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11081  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New system, would love some opinions on: June 15, 2006, 11:37:57 PM
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Not a bad rig at all.  I'd suggest going with some more RAM though.  2 GB means the difference between fast and EXTREMELY slow loading in games like Battlefield 2.  The 7600 will do well for you, but expect that in roughly a year or less you'll be buying a second one to play games like Bioshock.  The nice part is that you can. smile  

You might take a look at what Monarch computers can do for you. I've used them in the past before I built systems for myself and was very impressed with their service. http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv


Thanks KD.  I looked at Monarch, but they've gotten a ton of very bad reviews on Pricewatch, which makes me a little leery.  Maybe I'll have to give them another look.  This system is through United Micro.

I'd love to do another GB of RAM, but I'm really topped out pricewise as is.  I think the 1GB will do OK for now, and I'll add more later if I need to.
11082  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New system, would love some opinions on: June 15, 2006, 10:47:59 PM
This is cross-posted from OO, but I'm looking for all the feedback I can get.  So...

I've been looking at a new system in the $650-750 range, and after a few hours of searching today, I found one that I think looks pretty good. I obviously don't need top of the line, but would like to at least be able to play Oblivion and stuff like NWN2 when it comes out. I looked at buying components to upgrade my old system (XP 2400+, 512 MB PC 2700 RAM, 160 GB HD, Geforce 5900fx AGP card), but with everything I would need to replace (Mobo, CPU, RAM, Vid card), I think I might be better off just getting a new system. Mrs. Skinypupy has been bugging me for her own system anyways, so this might be a good option.

Here's what it's got:
Case - X-Dreamer Mid-Tower 420 Watt Front USB (SILVER)
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-K8VT890-9 (VIA K8T890 PCI-E x16 DDR400 SATA LAN AUDIO ATX)
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 939pin 90nm Venice Oem
Cooling Fan - Thermaltake A4006D Heat Sink & Cooling Fan
Memory - 1GB PC3200 DDR400 Samsung
Hard Drive - Western Digital 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB SATA WD800JD
Video Card - eVGA 256MB GeForce 7600GT PCI-E SLI Ready N553
Operating System - Microsoft Windows XP Home
DVD-RW - AOpen 16X DVD+RW/-RW DUAL LAYER
Warranty - 1Years Labor,1Year Parts,Lifetime Tech Support (TS)
Total Price $785.00

I've really been out of the hardware loop since I built my last system a couple years ago, so there may be something here that is way out of whack. Any feedback would really helpful in that regard.

Let me know if you think there's anything that raises major red flags, or something I should do different. The company (United Micro) has pretty good Pricewatch reviews, so I'm not too concerned there.
11083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 14, 2006, 03:17:56 AM

11084  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do only white people snap their fingers to music? on: June 14, 2006, 02:19:21 AM
Nope, just this guy:



On a side note, a Google image search for 'The Jerk' yields some rather colorful results.
11085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / World of Diablo / Starcraft on: June 14, 2006, 02:17:44 AM
While I call bullshit on this article in particular, it wouldn't really surprise me that much if it happened.  Unfortunately, there's at least a few of us who don't enjoy MMORPG's at all and would really enjoy another high-quality single player Blizzard game.  Guess you gotta milk the cow you got.  frown
11086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero = YES on: June 13, 2006, 06:26:00 PM
Quote from: "Maggot"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Yep, and now Activision owns them.  They'll get the PR backing that they deserve.  Too many people missed out on the original, I don't think that'll be the case with the sequel.


Activision is the baddest publisher ever, have you ever seen a the movies advertisement ?


That sentence makes my head hurt.
11087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero = YES on: June 13, 2006, 12:43:51 PM
Quote from: "Arkon"
Quote from: "Gratch"
Quote from: "Arkon"
That said I didn't like it.  I played a few hours, mostly on medium, and just found it to be meh.  


Blasphemer.  Turn in your GT membership card and leave.  slywink

GH is the one game that everyone I have showed it to has enjoyed.  Even my parents - who haven't touched a controller since the Atari 2600 and detest video games - were having a blast with it.  Pretty amazing, really.


Yeah yeah I know, I am a moron in most peoples eyes because I dare not like Guitar Hero, Ico, Shadow of the Colosus, Metal Gear Solid (from 2 on).  I am not the norm I am sure.


Don't feel too bad.  I don't like most of the popluar games either, including the other ones you mentioned.  Hell, I just traded in RE4 after realizing for the 2nd time (GCN & PS2) that it's really not all that fun.  That could get me strung up in some places.
11088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NINTENDO AM MAKING TEH MONEYS!!! on: June 13, 2006, 12:41:19 PM
Quote from: "stiffler"
I'm just playing along with Devil.  It's all in fun.  He even says so.  You've been here from the start and should know that.  These DS/PSP topics are just one big joke.  Each side just keeps coming up with new info to fuel the fire.


Ah.  I usually don't pay much attention to the system v. system topics (and the ones I did venture into seemed to get rather nasty), so I didn't realize they were all in fun.  My bad.

Please continue your DS mockery, and I will laugh along with you now that I got the memo.  slywink
11089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Somehow this story was ignored in here... on: June 13, 2006, 02:17:38 AM
And this matters because...?  :roll:

If you enjoy the PSP, more power to ya.  If you like the GBA or DS better, same thing.  I've never understood why people need to look at sales totals to feel justified in their purchase.
11090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Guitar Hero = YES on: June 13, 2006, 02:02:28 AM
Quote from: "Arkon"
That said I didn't like it.  I played a few hours, mostly on medium, and just found it to be meh.  


Blasphemer.  Turn in your GT membership card and leave.  slywink

GH is the one game that everyone I have showed it to has enjoyed.  Even my parents - who haven't touched a controller since the Atari 2600 and detest video games - were having a blast with it.  Pretty amazing, really.
11091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Finished Fable TLC on: June 11, 2006, 03:14:04 PM
Is it just me, or did that gun-based character look exactly like Vincent from FF VII?
11092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Gaming 06/10/06 on: June 10, 2006, 09:06:02 PM
Started Chronicles of Riddick for the first time yesterday and am really enjoying it.  I also re-bought Dragon Quest VIII & Sudeki, and I'm sure I'll put a few hours into each while Mrs. Gratch is at work tonight.
11093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Chronicles of Riddick. How did I miss this? on: June 10, 2006, 01:43:43 PM
Picked up Chronicles of Riddick last night for $7.99.  I remember there being a lot of buzz about it when it came out, but it never struck me as something I'd enjoy.  After putting a couple hours into it last night, I'm completely floored by how good this game is.   The gameplay, atmosphere, graphics (this game looks better than some of the current crop of games, and it's, what, 2 years old?), combat system - everything is spot on and I'm having an absolute blast with it.  Why the hell didn't I get it sooner?

So the question is, does it stay this good through the entire game?  Or is it one of those that starts with a bang and ends with a whimper?
11094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What was the first comic you ever bought? on: June 09, 2006, 07:57:16 PM
Preface:  I'm not into comics at all.  OK, that said...

I don't know if this counts, but when I was a kid, I had 3 comic books that came with 45 records.  The entire book was voiced over on the record, complete with sound effects, music, & everything.  I remember there was a Captain America book that had something to do with a red-skulled Nazi, a Spiderman one that had a lizard-man badguy, and a Superman one that some sort of little magic bullet aliens that Superman had to 'Pied Piper' back into space.

God, I spent hours and hours listening to those records.  Wish I would have held onto them.  frown

EDIT:  Holy shit, I found them on E-bay:



11095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Replaying KotOR II (paging Starshifter & ATB) on: June 06, 2006, 01:05:27 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Should I pimp my workbench faq again?

BTW, if I finish Fable and get bored, I'm tempted to go with the forum effect.  I finished on Light, but wanted to play again with Dark side.


:wave hand:  This is the game you're looking for.
11096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Just Finished: MGS2. !!!WOW!!! on: June 05, 2006, 03:26:39 PM
I absolutely loved the original MGS back on the PS1, but never could get into any of the sequels.  I've actually purchased MGS2 on 3 seperate occasions, and never get more than 4-5 hours in before getting bored.  I do need to retry MGS 3, as I only gave it a couple hours before getting controller-throwingly frustrated and giving up.

Glad you liked it though.  Wish I could find a game that still gives me 'wow' feeling.  frown
11097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Robot Chicken does FF VII on: June 04, 2006, 02:41:13 PM
Thought this was rather amusing.

MUCH UNPAID OVERTIME!!!
11098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Replaying KotOR II (paging Starshifter & ATB) on: June 04, 2006, 02:06:20 AM
Oh, lots of help you are.  Resident KotOR expert....pfffft.  slywink

I did figure out the armor thing (it's the powers themselves that are armor restricted), so I'll just do a little more research on character building.  Thanks anyways!
11099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Replaying KotOR II (paging Starshifter & ATB) on: June 04, 2006, 12:22:46 AM
Thanks.  I've been debating whether it's worth taking the medium armor feat, and it looks like it might be.  I'll do a little more checking.
11100  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for a KotOR II guide on: June 03, 2006, 05:29:57 PM
I'm looking for the KotOR II official guide.  If anyone has one laying around, let me know how much you'd like for it.
11101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Replaying KotOR II (paging Starshifter & ATB) on: June 03, 2006, 04:17:24 PM
I beat KotOR II when it first came out, but now that the sour taste from the ending has worn off, I decided to go back and play through it again.  First time through, I played my typical favorite RPG style:  A male, good, meele based character.  This time, however, I'd like to play the opposite: a female, evil, uber-bitch caster.  This will honestly be the first time I've ever tried this, so I might need a few tips.  I've checked a few FAQ's, but I wanted to ask the experts.  smile

I plan on going the Consular-->Sith Lord route.  For starters, here's how I set up my stats:
Strength ------ 10
Dexterity ----- 14
Constitution -- 16
Intelligence -- 8
Wisdom -------- 16
Charisma ------ 10

I plan on dumping all extra points into wisdom to bump up Force Power usage.  As far as skills go, a couple FAQ's recommend putting everything into persuade (after getting at least a point in a couple basic skills).  A couple questions:

-  What are the best force powers to get?  First time through, I rarely (if ever) used Force Powers other than Heal.

-  How does armor work for casters?  My understanding is that they basically can't really wear any armor.  I've picked up a couple pieces of armor that list a maximum dex bonus, but don't make any mention of limiting Force power usage.  I'm used to seeing 'Arcane spell failure 90%' in D&D based games, but didn't see anything like that.   So, what's the general rule here?

-  What feats should I focus on?  The FAQ's vary wildly here, so I'm not sure the best way to proceed.  

I played about 3 hours last night (made it onto the Harbinger), and am level 5, so I don't think I could have screwed anything up beyond repair yet.  I have to admit, it's pretty fun playing an evil character.  

Help me Starshifter & ATB, you're my only hope.  slywink

P.S.  If anyone has a guide they're willing to part with, let me know. I'm trying to go through as 'guideless' as possible, but I do like having a reference handy for maps and puzzle solutions (I don't have a ton of patience to run around for hours to find the specific Purple Whatzit that opens the Sealed Door of Doom).  I'm also not terribly familiar with the other character classes, so a levelling guide for them would be helpful.
11102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you still have videotapes? on: May 26, 2006, 09:28:17 PM
I've still got quite a few, and break them out on occasion.  The DVD is hooked up to the big screen, but I keep the old VCR hooked up to the small TV in the bedroom.  Not terribly concerned about image quality on the little TV, so there's no reason to throw them out.

Besides, there's no way I would part with my 20+ MST3K tapes.
11103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Do you use the word "tight?" on: May 23, 2006, 03:34:46 PM
Unwritten Man Rule #23:  'Tight' should never be used as a descriptor by anyone over the age 16.
11104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Keeping Games Forever? on: May 22, 2006, 07:09:56 PM
I hardly keep any games, as they always end up trade bait sooner or later.

I've had a PS1, PS2, & X-Box for years now and have owned every single game I've had interest in at one point or another.  As of today, the only games I've kept are Guitar Hero, FF VIII, FF Tactics, Fable, and Chrono Cross.  Everything else has been played and sold.
11105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 21, 2006, 12:17:56 AM

11106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you playing this weekend? 05/19/06 on: May 20, 2006, 01:59:51 PM
I'm playing the combo of 'Lawnmower Man', 'Weed Puller 3 - Thorny's Revenge', and 'Clean the House 2 - The Vaccuming'.  Uber-realistic graphics, but the gameplay definately leaves something to be desired.
11107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / SotC: SO Overrated on: May 18, 2006, 11:38:51 PM
Huh, I thought I was the only one who didn't like SotC (for most of the same reasons ATB listed).   It was a cool concept and fun for a little while, but wasn't nearly as amazing/cool/orgasm inducing as everyone made it out to me.  I'd throw it solidly in the C range as well.
11108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Favorite music videos? on: May 17, 2006, 12:13:08 PM
'Come to Daddy' - Aphex Twin
'Spasmolytic' - Skinny Puppy
11109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 pricing on: May 09, 2006, 02:58:40 PM
I'm always a late adopter of consoles.  It's very seldom that there are more than 1-2 launch games that interest me, so I find it's better to wait until there is a) a price drop and b) a stronger game library.  

I had been kicking around the idea of picking up a PS3 at launch.  However, this insane pricing just put me firmly back with the 'I'll wait' crowd.  It saves money in the long run, which is much more important to me.  If MS decides to do a price drop around the time of the PS3 release, then I'm sure I'll pick one up at that point.
11110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Nervous] Drifting away from Console Games... on: May 03, 2006, 06:29:18 PM
I'm in the same boat, man.  In fact, I was going to create this exact topic!  The last console game to really suck me in was Guitar Hero, and that was just goofy fun.  I haven't purchased a game since SH:  FTNW a couple months ago, and even that one only got a few hours playtime before going back.  It used to be that I could find a ton of stories in gaming magazines that interested me, but now I usually am done browsing through them in about 20 minutes.  The sad thing is, there doesn't seem to be anything coming up that will break the 'slump'.  It seems like every game is either a) online, b) a military shooter, or b) 'urban' or 'edgy' - none of which I enjoy.  My favorite genre (RPG, specifically JRPG) has not had a decent game in what seems like forever, and the only one that piques my interest is FFXII.  I've sold all my handheld systems since they were collecting dust, and I haven't touched my X-box or PS2 controllers for months.  I'm not even looking at a 360, since there is only one game that interests me in the least (Oblivion).

Either gaming is changing or I am, and I just don't have much interest anymore.  There are a couple PC games that I'd really like to try (Oblivion, Neverwinter Nights 2, SW:  Empire at War), but I'd need to spend $500-600 upgrading my system and I simply can't do it right now.  As much as I have loved gaming over the years, I guess it's time to find a new hobby.  frown
11111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Top PS2 games of the past couple years? on: May 02, 2006, 09:53:41 PM
Guitar Hero and Shadow Hearts:  Covenant
11112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / advent children impressions on: May 01, 2006, 05:29:27 PM
I won't go into all my impressions, as I wrote damn near a thesis on it when I was the Japanese version.  In short, I really enjoyed it but realize that it definately had it's strengths (graphics, fight choreography) and weaknesses (story and character development).  I was a bit surprised by Mrs. Gratch's reaction.  She had watched me play some of the game, but has never actually played a FF game (or any console game, for that matter).  She really enjoyed it, and actually watched it a second time while I was at work on Saturday.  She made the comment that she really liked the main characters (Cloud, Tifa, & Kadaj), but everyone else felt tacked on just for the sake of giving them face time.  I tend to agree.

I'm a bit surprised that people seemed to expect anything other than 90 minutes of blatant fan service from this movie.
11113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lacuna Coil / Rob Zombie Concert on: April 29, 2006, 03:13:35 PM
Good to see Zombie's cleaned up his live act somewhat.  I saw White Zombie back in the day (1994 or 95), and it was absolutely one of the worst live performances I have ever seen.  It was nothing more than a massive wall of jumbled sound for an hour.  Maybe it was just the venue, but we literally could not tell what song they were playing during most of the show.    I'd be interested to see him now and see how he's improved.  

Speaking of concerts, I'm still debating on getting Ministry/Rev Co tickets.  I've never been a big Rev Co fan, but I heard Ministry puts on a pretty decent show.  Anyone seen them?
11114  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 7/30) on: April 28, 2006, 04:32:53 PM
+1 right back at Beer Goggles
11115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday - 04/25/06 on: April 26, 2006, 12:57:50 PM
Quote from: "depward"
Went to five different places looking for Advent Children - sold out at every one.  "Pre-orders only" at Gamestore, sold out at BB and CC.

So went to Wal-Mart and picked it up along with it being packaged with FF - Spirits Within for only $20.  Pretty cool!


All our BB & CC stores here were sold out too.  Glad to see that it isn't completely tanking.  smile  That Walmart must have been a regional promo.  Picked mine up at Walmart yesterday, and there was no packaging with Spirits Within.
11116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DVD Tuesday - 04/25/06 on: April 25, 2006, 05:25:25 PM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
Do we even have to ask?

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, biatch!


+a lot
11117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF7 Advent Children English videos on: April 17, 2006, 12:54:15 PM
Quote from: "unbreakable"
Quote from: "Gratch"
As long as you can suspend disbelief (basic laws of physics apparently do not exist in Midgar)


You did realize that swinging a 6'x1', 500-pound sharpened slab of metal is nigh impossible, right?

I will not mention that they are also casting magic spells, since that issue is insignificant compared to the size of the sword.


I meant besides all the stuff we saw/knew about from the game (giant swords, magic, etc.).  I'm talking people jumping straight up 10 story buildings, falling from 1,000 feet and landing on their feet, flipping a motorcycle 180 degrees at full speed then riding backwards while fending off two attackers with swords in both hands.  That type of stuff.
11118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF7 Advent Children English videos on: April 17, 2006, 04:08:26 AM
Quote from: "weleavefossils"
yeah I just would be happy to see the movie finally..but I'm not to excited.  It just seems like the length of the movie, and the basis of the story is just a "thought you might like to see these characters again."

Don't take me wrong, I loved ff7, but i'm sure it should of been left at that.


Having seen the Japanese version, I can vouch that it is definately worth seeing.  The story is a bit thin, but FFVII:  AC is one of - if not the most - visually stunning pieces of work I have ever seen.   This includes games, movies, TV...anything.  As long as you can suspend disbelief (basic laws of physics apparently do not exist in Midgar), it is a wonderful, amazing ride.

Oh, and you get to see all the old characters again.  smile
11119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / FF7 Advent Children English videos on: April 17, 2006, 02:23:33 AM
Quote from: "GGMark"
over seas I believe they got a whole specialedition set, which I wish we would have gotten here.  had like a film cell, a figure, a shirt, a soundtrack...frown


From what I understand, it's also around $300.
11120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 16, 2006, 04:15:42 PM




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